POLICE in Chester are reminding shoppers to keep their purses and wallets safe after reports of pickpockets in the city.
Over Christmas, police officers and PCSOs gave out bells to shoppers to attach to their purses and alert them if anyone tries to remove it from their bag.
Sgt Ian Stead said: “We have seen more of these types of theft since Christmas, in most cases the purse has been stolen from an open handbag, or one that has been left unattended, perhaps on the back of a pushchair.
“I would appeal to everyone to remember that while Chester is a safe city to visit, like anywhere else, there are a small number of people who target shoppers for their purses or wallets.
“Keeping your handbags closed or putting your wallet in an inside pocket helps as does using a purse bell if you have one.”
For more information or to contact your local Neighbourhood Policing Team call 0845 458 6384 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.